Somerville Medievalist Research Group

Somerville is home to one of the largest groups of medievalists in Oxford: our interests range from manuscripts to music theory, from genre to gender studies, from the British Isles to Russia.

We meet regularly for informal lunchtime discussions, but also organise interdisciplinary work-shops and conferences. Over the last five years, these have resulted in a series of conferences and workshops as well as two book publications.


Work on a third volume, on Temporality, is under way. There will be a workshop on 23/24 June 2016 in Somerville College.


Sean Curran, JRF in Music, Trinity College, Cambridge

Manuele Gragnolati, Professor of Italian, Sorbonne; Senior Research Fellow, Somerville

Racha Kirakosian, Assistant Professor of Medieval German and Medieval Religion, Harvard

Alastair Matthews, Marie Curie Research Fellow, University of Southern Denmark

Monika Otter, Associate Professor in Medieval English, Dartmouth College

George Southcombe, Director, Sarah Lawrence Programme, Wadham

Francesca Southerden, Assistant Professor in Italian, Wellesley College

Katherine Sykes, Lecturer in Medieval History, Hertford


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7th April 2017

Three Somervillians among subjects chosen for Oxford’s Diversifying Portraiture initiative

Professorial Fellow and holder of the Chair in Linguistics, Professor Aditi Lahiri; Emeritus Fellow and Somerville’s Theoretical Physics Tutor from 1975 to 2008, Professor Dame Carole Jordan; and Honorary Fellow and Somerville alumna Dame Esther Rantzen are among subjects chosen for more than 20 new portraits commissioned to reflect Oxford University’s diversity.

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8th November 2016

Professor Aditi Lahiri awarded European Research Council grant

Somerville’s Linguistics Fellow Aditi Lahiri has been awarded an advanced grant by the European Research Council for the second time.

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1st November 2016

Dr Elena Seiradake awarded Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellowship

Somerville College’s new organising Biochemistry tutor, Dr Elena Seiradake, has been awarded a prestigious Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellowship, which will start in January 2017.

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